Study Abroad Prep

There are only three short weeks left before I board a plane to Europe and say good bye to America for 5 months. THREE WEEKS! I’ve made a packing list and started to sort through my sea of clothing after unpacking for winter break, but I have no idea how I’m going to decide what comes with me and what stays. Do I need my pillow? What about my favorite Disneyland sweatshirt? By the time I know the answers to these questions I will already be in Spain, so the most I can do now is endlessly search “travel tips” and “packing lists” on Pinterest.

I can’t even begin to describe how excited and nervous I am. I know that this is the experience of a lifetime, but before that experience begins I have to make it through three flights just to get to Alicante, Spain. My first stop is in Paris, where I have to pick up my checked bags and get through customs, and then have to re-check in and work my way through a foreign airport to find my next gate. From Paris, I fly to Amsterdam where I have an hour layover, and finally, after flying to and arriving in Alicante, I get to hop in a taxi and head to my hotel. I’m sure after surviving the airport craziness that getting to my hotel will be a breeze, but I haven’t taken a Spanish class since my junior year of high school, and the only useful phrases I remember are “hola como esta,” “como se dice,” and “donde esta el baño,” so you can imagine why I’m a little nervous.

The excitement comes after I check into my hotel, and get three days to myself in the new city before orientation begins! I don’t know what will happen or where I will go during those three days, but the unknown is what makes the future so exciting in the first place. With that, and until I have more travel info…

Life is an adventure, so keep exploring it!

~ Teryn

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